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Cisco: Deep Dive into AMP and Threat Grid integration with Cisco Email Security


In our previous blog posts about AMP and Threat Grid on Cisco Email Security, we have discussed the approach to email security, that organizations could take to protect themselves against advanced threats. We have as well discussed the components of the solution and how they work together to protect customers from the number one threat vector. As mentioned in Cisco’s 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity report, email continues to be a primary delivery method for ransomware and other malware, so defenders should stay focused on addressing this risk before it becomes impossible to manage.

In this blog post, we are going to dive deeper and explain the workflows of AMP and Threat Grid integration with Cisco Email Security (applies to both Cloud Email Security and on premise Email Security Appliance), as well as help administrators refine security posture in their organizations. Let’s start with a quick recap of how file reputation, file analysis and file retrospection work together in general.

File Reputation service allows the ability capture a file on a network, email, web gateway or on the endpoint, calculate a hash and query the AMP cloud to receive a disposition back – either clean, malicious or unknown. Malicious and clean files are normally not a subject for additional investigations and a policy action can be taken accordingly. For unknown files, this is when we want to provide additional analysis – we can do so by taking the file out of the network and uploading it up to the File Analysis service – Threat Grid. Threat Grid applies both static and dynamic analysis techniques and records results of file execution into a human-readable analysis report. It also issues a threat score overall. The two together help determine how likely it is that the file is malicious. The AMP cloud may be updated with the analysis results from Threat Grid, which can lead to AMP cloud changing the disposition for a given file. Cisco Talos also constantly pushes intelligence about the files they analyze into the AMP cloud, which complements AMP’s global intelligence. This can trigger retrospective events, that help us notify our customers about all the locations where these files were seen on their network – whether it was seen by network or content gateway or the endpoint, depending on where you have deployed the AMP license. What’s important to remember is that the authoritative source to convict a file is the AMP cloud, not Threat Grid.

Read the entire article here, Deep Dive into AMP and Threat Grid integration with Cisco Email Security

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